Ben Stroud Named Head Coach of Women’s Volleyball

Coached eight NJCAA DI national championship teams at CSI

Ben Stroud | Head Coach Blue Knights Women's Volleyball

Ben Stroud, the former women’s volleyball head coach at the College of Southern Idaho, is the new head coach of the DCTC Blue Knights women’s volleyball team, which begins its first season fall 2011. Stroud  has 22 years of experience coaching NJCAA DI women’s volleyball. He coached the Golden Eagles to eight NJCAA DI national championships during his career. From 1994–1997, CSI women’s volleyball put together 190 consecutive wins. Stroud was the 1997 Tachikara/AVCA JC/CC National Coach of the Year.

Stroud created a volleyball dynasty at CSI, coaching 26 All-Americans, seven AVCA Players of the Year and eight national tournament MVPs. His collegiate volleyball career coaching record stands at 926–169, an almost 82 percent winning percentage. He was inducted into the College of Southern Idaho Hall of Fame. He also coached women’s basketball at CSI, winning two Region 18 DI titles.

After his head coaching career with the Golden Eagles concluded in 2006, Stroud went on to coach the Camas County Mushers girl’s high school volleyball team to the Idaho Division 1A State Volleyball Championship in 2009. His legacy at CSI lives on with the successful players he coached who moved up to NCAA DI and DII, including among many more:

  • Marta Siemiatkowska
    Middle Blocker | USC Trojans
  • Joanna “Asia” Kaczor
    Opposite Hitter/Outside Hitter | USC Trojans | Polish National Team | 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Eliane Santos
    Middle Blocker | University of Oklahoma Sooners
  • Amanda Santos
    Middle Blocker | Florida State Seminoles
  • Fabiana Abreu
    Outside Hitter/Setter | University of Iowa Hawkeyes | Brazilian National Team | NJCAA Women’s Volleyball Team of the Century
  • Roberta Robert
    Outside Hitter | Hawaii Pacific University Sea Warriors
  • Flavia Gabinio
    Outside Hitter | Hawaii Pacific University Sea Warriors
  • Hai Yan Wang
    Middle Blocker | Hawaii Pacific University Sea Warriors

“At DCTC my job right now is recruiting players,” said Stroud, who is halfway to filling a 12–14 player roster. “We start practice mid-August and have a 30-game schedule set for our inaugural season.”

DCTC women’s volleyball will compete as an independent at the NJCAA DII level. The team will play home games and practice at the High Performance Academy in Eagan.

For more information about the new women’s volleyball program, please contact:

DCTC men’s basketball also launches its inaugural season fall 2011
For more information about Blue Knights basketball, contact:
  • Jay Pivec
    Head Basketball Coach
  • Ron Gates
    Associate Head Basketball Coach

1 Comment

  • Tim Crist says:

    You have gotten an amazing talent in Coach Stroud. Ben is a great person and is obviously looking forward to building a championship program from the ground up. We will miss Coach Stroud in Idaho, but look forward to following your success this year and in coming years.

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